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Barcelona's defence branded 'diabolical' and 'garbage' after shambolic first half against Bayern Munich

Rory O'Callaghan

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Barcelona's defence branded 'diabolical' and 'garbage' after shambolic first half against Bayern Munich

Barcelona fans have ripped into their side after the Catalan club conceded two first-half goals against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Barcelona had already been eliminated from the competition prior to kick-off after Inter Milan thrashed Viktoria Plzen in the group's other game on Wednesday.

It meant that, at best, Barcelona can only match the same points as Inter, with the Italian side guaranteed to finish higher in the group courtesy of their superior head-to-head record.

Already knowing that their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition were over, Barcelona had the daunting task of taking on group leaders Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp.


Barcelona boss Xavi fielded an unusual back four for the game, with full-backs Hector Bellerin and Alejandro Balde flanking an unfamiliar centre-back pairing of Marcos Alonso and Jules Kounde.

And it took Bayern just 10 minutes to break down Barcelona's defence; former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane beating Bellerin for pace before finishing well past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Bayern doubled their lead later in the half when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting finished off a blistering counter-attack to the frustration of Barcelona supporters on social media.

"Barca's defence is diabolical, it's actually disgusting," posted one fan on Twitter.

"You look at Barca's defence and wonder who they'll play in the last 16 of the Europa league this season…," added another.

"Barca is terrible. Their squad has no talent. No energy. No creativity," posted another fan.

A fourth wrote: "Barcelona having a defence that consists of Bellerin, Alonso & Balde is hilarious."

While another fan posted: "This defense is laughably garbage and our offense consistently make poor passes, watch how Bayern always find their open man and don't miss, ever, this Barcelona passing is a joke."

Barcelona thought they had found a route back into the match before half-time when referee Anthony Taylor awarded the home side a penalty after Robert Lewandowski was brought down in the area by Matthijs de Ligt.

But after being instructed to view the pitchside monitor, Taylor overturned his original decision, with Bayern going in at the break with a 2-0 lead still intact.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Barcelona, Football, La Liga, Bayern Munich, Champions League

Rory O'Callaghan
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